2016 Fiat 500 to debut on July 4th

Far from an all-new model, the 2016 500 will get minor visual tweaks inside and out.

Fiat has announced it will introduce the updated 2016 500 on July 4th. The company chose to unveil the city car on Independence Day because the original rear-engined 500 made its public debut on July 4th, 1957.

Far from an all-new model, the 2016 500 will stand out from the current model thanks to minor visual tweaks like restyled bumpers on both ends and redesigned lights. New paint colors and additional alloy wheel designs will essentially round out the exterior updates.

The story is the same on the inside, where the eight-year old 500 will benefit from additional tech features including the latest generation of Fiat-Chrysler's touch screen-based Uconnect infotainment system.

Fiat is not planning on making any major mechanical modifications but the facelift will most likely be complemented by a slight bump in power. Currently, 500 buyers can choose from a 101-horsepower naturally-aspirated 1.4-liter and a 135-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter, while those who step up to the 500 Abarth get a 160-horsepower 1.4

After debuting at a special event held in Italy, the updated Fiat 500 will be presented to the public for the first time this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it will land in showrooms this fall. The update will likely be the last for the current-gen 500 because a brand new model will finally be introduced in either 2017 or 2018.

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